Home' New Zealand Golf Magazine : NZGM November 2013 Contents We all know that walking a golf course can be tough on the body. And if you suffer from a health complaint, like varicose veins, edema, or lymphedema, it can
be even tougher.
I spoke with Grant Gatland of TXG New Zealand Ltd. Grant is responsible for bringing a range of high quality compression socks into New Zealand which are
designed specifically for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
“ The socks have a unique x-pattern structure which provides strong and comfortable protection for the ankle area. The benefits are similar to what you get when
you strap up your ankles with tape, but without all the mess,” says Grant.
This is great news for golfers and walkers. Grant says that wearing compression socks is like “walking with springs in your feet.” The pressure created increases
blood flow, which reduces aching and fatigue and speeds up the time it takes for your legs and feet to recover from exercise - they are particularly beneficial for
recovery when walking over several days.
Unlike every-day socks, compression socks are made from specially selected fabrics that create pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. The compression is
graduated. This means that the socks are tightest at the ankles and become less constrictive towards the knees.
A LUCKY DISCOVERY
Grant stumbled upon compression socks while on a business trip in Taiwan. “ They’re not new; they’ve been around for quite a long time. Apparently they
originated in Taiwan where people found that their poor blood circulation; edema and other related problems were reduced by applying pressure to their legs
when bathing in hot springs. They realised it was the water pressure doing the job. The compression socks are designed to simulate that effect,” he says.
Grant suffers from mild diabetes and, as all diabetics know, it’s very important to look after your feet - diabetes is, in fact, one of the most common causes of
amputations. Diabetics are prone to high blood-glucose levels, which causes their blood to thicken. When this happens, the blood is unable to flow as freely as
it should through the smaller blood capillaries in areas like the toes and feet. To cater for these concerns, TXG developed a range of special zero compression
Diabetic socks and low compression socks for those with sensitive feet. Another great feature with all socks is that the toe cage connection to the rest of the sock
is completely seamless.
After wearing the socks, Grant was so impressed by the benefits he received that he decided to introduce them to the New Zealand market.
COMPRESSION WEAR IN SPORT
You’ve probably noticed the tight-fitting garb that sports people wear - NBA basket ballers with sleeves called “shooter’s arms” and runners sporting body-
hugging pants and even rugby players wearing calf sleeves. Well, though they might look trendy, these athletes are not trying to make a fashion statement. They
are actually wearing compression clothing in order to increase blood flow to their limbs and, in turn, prevent injury and speed up muscle recovery.
TXG offer socks with a variety of compression levels. There are economical everyday socks right through to socks designed specifically for men or women or for
Until recently, unless you were an athlete, a long distance traveller wishing to avoid DVT, or suffered a health condition, compressions socks weren’t widely
known about or readily available in New Zealand. This is no longer the case and they can now be purchased from the TXG website. Grant says they will also soon
be available from pharmacies and selected retail outlets.
So, for an extra spring in your step during your next game of golf or walking adventure, you may want to consider throwing a couple of pairs of compression
socks into your pack.
For more information visit: www.txgsocks.co.nz .
Socks are available for purchase through the NZ Golf Magazine online store - www.nzgolfmagazine.co.nz/shop.
WITH A SPRING IN YOUR STEP
In New Zealand, we are blessed with some of the most
spectacular golf courses and scenery in the world.
And from a health perspective, there is no better way
to look after your physical and mental wellbeing than
getting “amongst it.”
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